What’s So Cool About Manufacturing Video Contest


Project Purpose

Catalyst Connection created the Explore the New Manufacturing Program to help build a strong pipeline of talent and give young people a new perspective on the exciting career opportunities that exist now. The What’s So Cool About Manufacturing Video Contest supports this effort by having students create a manufacturing video for their peers, parents and teachers.

Program Outcomes

  • Create regional awareness of careers in manufacturing
  • Provide teacher professional development
  • Share peer-to-peer videos online to promote manufacturing and possible career opportunities through the perspective of the up and coming generation
  • Address the need for a skilled workforce within the manufacturing industry
  • Show students the interconnectedness between the arts and manufacturing
  • Engage local manufacturing companies with education

2023-2024 Pittsburgh Central Participants

School Company
Apollo Ridge School District JV Manufacturing
Baldwin-Whitehall School District Mancini’s Bakery
Butler Area School District – TEAM 1 Butler Technologies, Inc.
Butler Area School District – TEAM 2 Keystone Ridge Designs
Canon-McMillan School District DMI Companies
CLASS Academy ARDEX Americas
Freeport Area School District JSP International
Laurel School District Berner International
Moon Area School District Aero Tech Designs
Mt. Lebanon School District Haemonetics
New Brighton School District Impact Guard LLC
Northgate School District MECCO

2023-2024 Pittsburgh East Participants

School Company
Brownsville Area School District Hranec Insulation Corporation
Connellsville School District Heartland Fabrication
Greater Johnstown School District JWF Industries
Franklin Regional School District Intervala
Indiana Area School District Clark Metal Products
Monessen City School District Roechling Machined Plastics
Norwin School District General Carbide Corporation
River Valley School District Miller Fabrication Solutions
Shanksville-Stonycreek School District Lockheed Martin AeroParts, Inc.
Somerset Area School District ASSA Abloy

Previous Contest Videos

You can view videos from the previous contests by clicking here.

Project Origin

The first manufacturing video contest originated in the Lehigh Valley with our sister organization, MRC in 2013. The program was replicated in Southwestern Pennsylvania in 2015 beginning with 8 companies and schools and has since grown to 40 participants for 2017.  The program has expanded to include 12 regional competitions across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To learn more about the state-wide program go to: https://www.whatssocool.org/contests/about-the-contests/

Sponsorship Opportunities / Sponsors

Various levels of sponsorships are available. For more information contact Scott Dietz at sdietz@catalystconnection.org or 412-918-4227.

Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation